Meghan Markle Is Pregnant At Age 37! Why Having A Baby Later In Life Is Actually Good Both For The Mom And The Child?
October 26, 2018 10:21 By Fabiosa
On October 15, Kensington Palace issued the official announcement that the Duchess of Sussex is expecting, and the news got the whole world talking. While some simply congratulated Duchess Meghan and wished her a happy pregnancy, other people online were concerned. Some questioned her decision not to cancel her trip to areas with high Zika risk and others couldn’t stop talking about her age. Meghan Markle is 37, and her baby is expected to arrive in the spring next year.
Should we really be worried about Duchess Meghan’s age? Well, while there are some risks associated with having a baby later in life, there are also some benefits.
How hard is it to get pregnant after 35?
Women who have no existing issues with fertility can conceive naturally until they enter menopause. But it’s also true that trying to have a baby may take longer in your thirties than in your twenties.
A woman in her twenties has a 20% chance of conceiving during a single menstrual cycle, while for a woman in her mid-30's the figure is about 15%, Alan Copperman, MD, director of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, told WebMD.
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M. Kelly Shanahan, MD, author of Your Over-35 Week-by-Week Pregnancy Guide, told WebMD:
When you're 25 and trying to get pregnant, it might take 2 to 3 months. For someone who's 35, it might take 6 to 9 months. By 45, it will probably take a trip to the reproductive endocrinologist, the fertility specialist.
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What are the benefits of having a child later in life?
The average age of first-time moms is growing in developed countries, but it may actually be a good thing, studies show. There’s evidence that giving birth later in life can be good both for the mom and the child.
A recent study, published in the journal PLOS One, found that women aged 40 and older were at a somewhat higher risk of a preterm delivery compared to younger women. But here’s an interesting finding: Women aged 30 to 34 were at the lowest risk of prematurity. Women aged 35 to 39 were at a slightly lower risk of premature delivery than women aged 20 to 24.
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Another study, published in the European Journal of Developmental Psychology, found that women who gave birth later in life were less likely to use verbal and physical punishment to discipline their kids, and the kids were less likely to have emotional, social, and behavioral issues.
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Women who give birth later in life also tend to live longer, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health.
So, what’s there to worry about? As far as we know, Meghan Markle is a healthy 37-year-old who eats right, does yoga and other types of exercise, and she’s more than ready to have a baby. We wish her a happy and healthy pregnancy!